Turkish minister blasts European Union body for vote on membership talks

Turkish minister blasts European Union body for vote on membership talks

"We are seeing a consolidation of one-man rule in Turkey and I think that is the new reality that both Washington and the European Union are very aware of", he said. -Turkey pact that greatly slowed a surge of more than 1 million migrants and refugees into Europe.

Turkish authorities have detained or dismissed more than 125,000 people - including soldiers, academics, judges, journalists and Kurdish leaders - over their alleged backing for the coup, in what opponents, rights groups and some Western allies say is an attempt to crush all dissent.

The crackdowns have brought sharp outcry from global rights groups and others.

Anticipating the vote, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had already said that his country's "struggle for its stability and future won't be interrupted by (European legislators) raising and lowering their hands".

The vote is not binding but is an advisory decision for the European Council where EU foreign ministers are in charge. International Women & Justice Summit held by the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) in Istanbul, Erdoğan said: "You did not keep your word".

Kati Piri, rapporteur of the European Parliament on Turkey and architect of the vote, said the vote was passed by a huge majority of MEPs.

The whole process now seems to be in jeopardy as the Turkish president stressed that Europe was anxious "when 50,000 immigrants reached (the border town) of Kapikule", it will have much more to be concerned about if it doesn't stop its threats because "those border gates will be opened".

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The EU struck a deal earlier this year to return migrants to Turkey in return for a package including aid for the refugees and accelerated membership talks.

Turkey hosts one of the world's largest refugee population - an estimated 2.7 million Syrians and 300,000 Iraqis, among others.

"Where there are difficulties, we need to resolve them", she added.

But elected lawmakers have become increasingly skeptical of the negotiations.

Mr Erdogan said that Turkey could row back on the migrant pact signed with the European Union in March, which has dramatically reduced the number of refugees entering the European Union through Turkey. "You have to freeze the accession talks for the moment".

The EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday said that if EU membership talks with Turkey fold, both sides will lose out.



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